Step It Up 2 Thrive, an initiative led by Thrive Foundation for Youth, serves as a research-based resource to help youth envision and work towards their full potential. Its model is integrated into Akilah’s leadership curriculum for Foundation Year students. The curriculum has had a huge impact, helping students set and manage goals in pursuit of their dreams.
The Respect Institute promotes self-respect in communities throughout the world. The Institute provides free training tools to Akilah, including workbooks, and its Respect Guide and Facilitator Guide, which Akilah incorporate into Leadership courses during students’ Foundation Year, after-school clubs, and group counseling sessions.
Kate Spade & Company partnered with Akilah to employ students at its manufacturing site in Masoro, Rwanda, about an hour away from Akilah’s Kigali campus. There, 150 local artisans are taught technical skills to produce merchandise for the retailer’s brands: Kate Spade New York, Jack Spade, and Kate Spade Saturday.
Marriott International has committed to training and hiring young women from Akilah to become leaders for Marriott’s expanding portfolio of hotels in Rwanda. The partnership launched in 2012 in Dubai and Doha, where groups of Akilah graduates trained before returning to Kigali to open Marriott’s first hotel in Sub-Saharan Africa, which will also be the largest hotel in Rwanda. The partnership is mutually beneficial, as it ensures job placement for some Akilah graduates and helps to meet the Marriott’s employment needs.
The Alquity grant supports programs promoting enterprise, entrepreneurial development, and the creation of new, sustainable jobs in targeted communities. The grant to Akilah provides support for our Entrepreneurship Diploma program.
Child Relief International (CRI) helped to launch Akilah’s Hospitality Management Diploma program, our first and largest Diploma program, by donating $50,000 worth of student scholarships in 2012. Thanks to CRI’s continued support, Akilah students have graduated and are now employed in various restaurants, hotels, and tour companies in East Africa.
Dammeyer Family Charitable Fund is the lead investor in Akilah’s Tuition Deferment Fund (TDF), which provides students financial assistance by allowing them to attend Akilah now and pay later, freeing them of the burden of constant financial concern. Thanks to the Fund and other mindful investors, the TDF serves 56 students on Akilah’s Rwanda campus and by 2020, will be self-sustaining.
Uechtritz Foundation, run by Richard Uechtritz and his family, generously supports the operations of Akilah’s Rwanda campus and the essential funding needed for Akilah’s Student Scholarship Program. An advocate for education in Rwanda, Uechtritz has been loyal supporter of the Institute since 2012.
Segal Family Foundation (SFF) announced in 2013 at the Clinton Global Initiative their commitment to launch Akilah’s second campus in Bujumbura, Burundi in January 2014. Thanks to SFF’s multi-year grant of $360,000, we’ve had a successful and eventful pioneer year and look forward to welcoming 150 eager students in January 2015.